So you've all been watching my slow metamorphosis from pantser to not-exactly-pantser. (I will never be a hard-core plotter. That would be like trying to change my DNA.)
(No, Holly Bodger. Don't even go there.)
Anyway. I've spent this week thinking my way through what's going to be a mammoth revision of my YA paranormal. It's all good (though it didn't feel good when I first realized what I was in for). But WOW--what a hard week!
Really, really hard.
For one thing, I miss writing. MISS! I haven't done anything but plot and plan, on two separate stories, for almost two months.
And if there isn't some sort of amazing payoff? As in, when I finally start TYPING WORDS next week, it flows at a relentlessly effortless pace that leaves me breathless with wonder and self-worth?
Someone will die.
(Well, probably a character. But still. It will feel good.)
But! Last night I shared my shiny new worldbuilding and backstory with dear Mr. A, who is by far (way way way far) my hardest critic. And guess what! His face lit up.
No, it did. Despite the cliche.
The veil of confusion melted away--he UNDERSTOOD what I was telling him. It was non-convoluted. MADE SENSE. And--he LIKED it! He was smiling.
Understand me. The man doesn't usually smile when I'm telling him about my worlds. He usually--well, hmm. It's more of a constipated, screwed-up-forehead kind of look. As though he's trying really hard to make sense of the nonsensical.
So I'm stoked. Can't WAIT to get back to my outlining today. Am TOTALLY going to set aside time this weekend to work.
Many of you plotter types have shared your wisdom and experience over the months. I'm certain it's had an effect on me. Thank you!
So tell me, oh plotters: Once you've got your outline, are you good to go? Or do you find you veer way farther from your plan than you had anticipated?
Share your SUCCESS stories today! And have a brilliant weekend.